Tech for docs may save big bucks

by JLynch on July 31, 2014 · 0 comments

Getting physicians on board with cost cutting measures proves to be one of the healthcare industry’s top challenges, one that has become critical as hospitals buy up more physician practices. There’s the technology available to help doctors accomplish this, but it often costs a pretty penny. The question then becomes is it worth it economically? [...]

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Keeping staff in contact with each other had become a real challenge at Reading Health System. Even if they were in the same facility, doctors and nurses struggled to communicate with each other using landlines and overhead paging systems. Reading Health System in Pennsylvania includes not only Reading Hospital, a 647-bed acute-care hospital, but also [...]

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HIPAA needs a revamp

by kvrba on July 31, 2014 · 0 comments

Congress enacted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in the latter days of August 1996, the same day Netscape released the third iteration of its browser. Yes, that Netscape. A week later, Princess Diana and Prince Charles formally divorced after years of separation. What I’m trying to say is, it’s been a while. [...]

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Modeling the future physician workforce

July 31, 2014

A new tool for modeling the physician workforce is now available for free to hospital and health system administrators, policy makers and others. The Physicians Foundation is making its FutureDocs Forecasting Tool available online beginning July 30. The tool is an open source, interactive physician projection model created with help from researchers from the Cecil [...]

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Giving doctors real-time technology may save money

July 30, 2014

Getting physicians to cut costs is one of the biggest challenges in healthcare and has become more important as hospitals purchase more practices. Putting technology in the hands of doctors that can provide real-time data can help cut costs, but such technology can be expensive for health systems. The question then becomes is it worth [...]

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CDI services to uptick in advance of ICD-10 transition

July 30, 2014

Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) services and initiatives will triple as more hospitals shift to the ICD-10 code-set in advance of the Oct. 1, 2015 deadline, according to new research. Of the 550 hospital technology and physician leaders surveyed for the research, from the New York-based Black Book Market Research, 24 percent outsource clinical documentation audit, [...]

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True story of a doctor who fired bullets back at a patient

July 30, 2014

Lee Silverman, MD, ducked under the desk, clasped a .32-caliber handgun, and shot his patient three times. In self-defense. With a history of mental illness, violence and gun-related arrests dating back at least as far as 1990, Richard Plotts had already murdered Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital caseworker Theresa Hunt with a revolver and two bullets to [...]

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Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

July 30, 2014

The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans’ waits for healthcare and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays. McDonald, 61, of Cincinnati, will replace Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson, who took [...]

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Providing reads of outside images slashes rate of repeat scans

July 30, 2014

A recent study has shown that providing a formal report for outside images does more than simply offer a second opinion, it leads to a significantly lower chance of repeat imaging. “Reducing repeat imaging spares patients from unnecessary cost and radiation dose,” wrote Michael T. Lu, MD, of the University of California, San Francisco, and [...]

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Ending debate on EMR effectiveness?

July 29, 2014

For at least the last decade, the health IT field has seen a scholarly back-and-forth on the effectiveness of electronic medical records. As soon as one study is published that finds technology has little impact on patient outcomes, another emerges that seems to show just the opposite. These studies are frequently limited by the size [...]

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